Your Heart and Your Energy Drink

June 12, 2017

It would appear that your energy drink is doing more than just waking you up. 

Energy drinks are worse for your heart than caffeine alone.  A new study found that drinking 32 ounces of an energy drink is linked with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine alone. NBC News says there are more than 500 energy drink products on the market, and their increased popularity is matched by a significant rise in energy drink-associated emergency department visits and deaths.

Caffeine in doses up to 400 milligrams --about five cups of coffee-- is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. While energy drinks usually contain caffeine, researchers writing in the Journal of the American Heart Association say little is known about the safety of some of their other ingredients. Besides 320 milligrams of caffeine --about four cups of coffee-- the energy drinks tested in the study also contained 4 ounces of sugar, several B vitamins and what was described as a proprietary "energy blend" of taurine and other ingredients that are often found in drinks like Monster Energy, Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy.

Volunteers who underwent electrocardiograms 24 hours after consuming an energy drink were found to have readings associated with life-threatening irregularities in the heartbeat.  Something to consider.